K-State researchers create test for early mastitis detection | Marine mammal experts overwhelmed by sea lion strandings | Ultrasound advancing veterinary care
March 24, 2015
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K-State researchers create test for early mastitis detection
Researchers at Kansas State University have developed an assay that identifies evidence of mastitis in cattle before somatic cell counts climb. The test, which uses technology for early cancer detection, identifies enzymes associated with inflammation related to mastitis. Mastitis is the most common illness among domestic dairy cattle, and early detection would mean better treatment for affected cows and reduced transmission within herds. PhysOrg.com (3/23)
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Marine mammal experts overwhelmed by sea lion strandings
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A record number of sea lion pups have been stranded this year off the West Coast, with 1,800 pups seen in three months. That's more than the total stranded in all of 2013, another outlier year. Staff at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, Calif., are working long hours to care for the pups, many of which enter the facility in critical condition and in need of round-the-clock care. It's not clear why the pups are stranding, but weather patterns have been to blame in the past and are the likely culprit this year, experts say. National Public Radio (3/20)
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Ultrasound advancing veterinary care
Ultrasound systems aren't as common as X-ray machines in veterinary practices, but that may soon change. Veterinarian Drew Sullivan, the medical director of a small animal clinic in Chicago affiliated with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, is certified in ultrasound and says it offers many advantages. "Ultrasound can provide a lot of information for its cost and is often more readily available compared with other advanced imaging modalities such as a CT or MRI," Dr. Sullivan said. "Using ultrasound and X-rays together form a great diagnostic tool." The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana, Ill.)/University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine (3/22)
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N.C. boy playing in schoolyard bitten by rabid fox
Local officials confirmed that a fox that jumped over a schoolyard fence and bit an 8-year-old boy in Fayetteville, N.C., had rabies. The boy was taken to the hospital and is being treated for rabies exposure. The Fayetteville Observer (N.C.) (3/21)
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Equine veterinarian stays busy and happy
Veterinarian Stephanie Vassar recently opened her equine practice in rural Massachusetts, and she has been working tirelessly ever since, tending to horses within a 45-mile radius of her home. She is one of just two veterinarians serving large animals in the area. Dr. Vassar says spring brings annual exams, vaccines, foaling calls and emergencies. "I really liked the connection between a rider and their horse," Dr. Vassar said of her choice to open an equine practice. "That's a connection that I wanted to foster." The Recorder (Greenfield, Mass.) (tiered subscription model) (3/19)
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Cat's temperament makes him perfect match for therapy
Although Mr. Baggins had a rough start -- he was abandoned in poor condition with his mother and four other kittens -- he's led a good life since his recovery, according to owner Cathy Albrecht. Albrecht nursed him back to health and then had Mr. Baggins certified as a therapy animal -- unusual for a cat. For the better part of his 13 years, Mr. Baggins has been charming patients in need of connection. "Therapy animals are almost always dogs, but there was just something about Mr. Baggins," Albrecht said. The Times (Munster-Hammond-Merrillville-Valparaiso, Ind.) (3/22)
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Cat Tracker project aims to demystify cats' outdoor lives
Cat in the grass.
North Carolina researchers are working to collect five days' worth of information on the outdoor escapades of 1,000 cats in the hopes of finding out just exactly how feline pets who go outside spend their time away from home. The AVMA recommends keeping cats indoors to protect wildlife and to protect the cats themselves from threats such as cars and disease. The researchers have more than 500 cats enrolled in the study, and by looking at an early subset of data, they have found that the cats mostly stick within 12 acres of home, they sometimes meet up with other cats to gallivant, and they may even have another human family on the side. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (3/23)
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